Third Week of Lent: Repent and Renew

The Lenten Vigil, held each Lenten Saturday at 7:00 pm in the monastery chapel, ushered in the third week of Lent. Sister Kathryn Disbrow offered reflections on the call to repentance and renewal set forth in Luke, Chapter 13, verses 1-9. She suggested that we might review how the first weeks of Lent had unfolded for us by focusing on Luke's Gospel parable of the Barren Fig Tree, the story of the patience of God with those who have yet to give evidence to their repentance and renewal. Sister Kathryn posed the question, “Are you bearing fruit?” She went on to suggest that it is important for us to consider the “soil” in which we plant ourselves, “Do you root yourself in scripture and prayer and community and family and ministry to the poor and marginalized?”

There is still time to repent and renew, there is still time to “revitalize” the soil, and there is still time to bear fruit. Lent challenges us to make the closing words of this Gospel story our own, “Sir, leave the [tree] for this year and I shall cultivate the ground around it and fertilize it so it may bear fruit in the future.”